Dr Anastasia Powell is lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT.
Anastasia teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including Crime and Information Technology and Law and Criminal Justice Policy. Anastasia has interests in policy and prevention concerning violence against women as well as the role of ICTs in sexual violence, harassment and hate-speech.
Anastasia’s research has specialised on policy and prevention concerning violence against women. She has published widely in these fields including two books: Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011). Anastasia has also contributed to policy specific research for the Victorian State Government and to a number of projects commissioned by VicHealth.
Currently, Anastasia is a chief investigator with Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) on an ARC Discovery Project ’Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace and the Implications for Reform’ (DP130103094). She is also working on projects regarding rape law reform, sexual violence prevention and community attitudes to violence against women.
PhD Criminology (The University of Melbourne)
Anastasia has undertaken numerous commissioned projects for government and non-government organisations including; Department of Justice (Victoria), Office of Women’s Policy (Victoria), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.
She was formerly employed as a policy officer in the Department of Justice (Victoria)
Professional links and associations
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member of the Law and Society Association
Member of the Australian Sociological Association
Co-founder and committee member of the Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet) Australia
- Scott, A.,Mainwaring, C.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2022). Image-Based Sexual Abuse among Australian Youths: The Experiences and Perspectives of Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders In: Interpersonal Violence Against Children and Youth, Rowman & Littlefield, United States
- Heywood, W.,Myers, P.,Powell, A.,Meikle, G.,Nguyen, D. (2022). Report on the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021. In: Universities Australia Melbourne
- Nisbet, L.,Halse, G.,van Esbroek, E.,Heywood, W.,Powell, A.,Myers, P. (2022). Qualitative research on experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021. In: Universities Australia Melbourne
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Flynn, A.,McCook, S. (2022). Perpetration of Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Extent, Nature and Correlates in a Multi-Country Sample In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 1 - 26
- Thorburn, J.,Powell, A.,Chambers, P. (2022). A world alone: Masculinities, humiliation and aggrieved entitlement on an incel forum In: British Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 17
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Cama, E. (2021). Deepfakes and digitally altered imagery abuse: A cross-country exploration of an emerging form of image-based sexual abuse In: British Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 18
- Cross, C.,Holt, T.,Powell, A.,Wilson, M. (2021). Responding to cybercrime: Perceptions and need of Australian police and the general community In: Australian Institute of Criminology Canberra, Australia
- Cross, C.,Holt, T.,Powell, A.,Wilson, M. (2021). Responding to cybercrime: Results of a comparison between community members and police personnel In: Australian Institute of Criminology Canberra, Australia
- Powell, A. (2021). ‘Intimate Intrusions’: Technology Facilitated Dating and Intimate Partner Violence In: The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology, Springer, Switzerland
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Hindes, S. (2021). Technology-facilitated abuse: A survey of support services stakeholders In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney, Australia
3 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions
- Family violence and sexual harm: Principles for responding to victim survivors with co-occurring experience of family and sexual violence. Funded by: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (Victoria Government) from (2022 to 2023)
- Technology-Facilitated Sexual Harassment: Perpetration, Responses and Prevention (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ANROWS Sexual Harassment Research Program from (2022 to 2023)
- Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community (Administered by Queensland University of Technology). Funded by: Australian Institute of Criminology - Contract from (2018 to 2019)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2021)
- Crime and Justice by Social Media: Citizen engagements with justice online. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 from (2016 to 2019)